Retro Gaming 00’s- Viewtiful Joe: (2003)

As far as anything in relation to action, platform or beat em up genre are concerned one of the few titles of the past that people instantly think about is the original Viewtiful Joe game. For those do not know Viewtiful Joe was released back in the early 00’s for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 Between 2003-2004. Viewtiful Joe was considered to be a very unique game due to its creativity in relation to the plot taking place between the real world and Movieland. Also, Viewtiful Joe looked like a game that was ahead of its time especially in relation to the visuals because the use of 3D cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common during the early 00’s. Throughout, Viewtiful Joe players engage in combat and solve various puzzles with abilities given through VFX Powers. Following the abduction of Joe’s girlfriend Silva players learn about Captain Blue’s history as a film creator while helping him survive in Movieland. With the inclusion of various boss battles along with adventurous levels both on land and undersea Viewtiful Joe was arguably one of the most exciting video games to have appeared on the Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s.

Since its release Viewtiful Joe has been praised by fans and critics alike and has been often view as a gem to retro gamers who are fans of beat em’ up and action-platformers in general. Viewtiful Joe was released during a time period where 3D action-adventure games along with first person shooters were starting to increase in popularity and was still considered to be success regardless. The original Viewtiful Joe game is often seen as one of Capcom’s most memorable titles of the 00’s decade and arguably the best installment within the series depending on who you ask. The first installment of Viewtiful Joe became so popular to a point where it received its own manga. As far as the Viewtiful Joe series in general is concerned we have not seen a game since the mid 00’s following the release of Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble for the Nintendo DS in 2005. Its highly doubtful that Capcom will develop another installment of the Viewtiful Joe series since its been over a decade since we have seen one. However, if Capcom were to announce the release of a new Viewtiful Joe title in the future it would be something that would definitely turn a lot of heads within the gaming world.

Retro Gaming 00’s – Devil May Cry: (2001)

When it comes down to top action-adventure titles of the early 00’s there are many people who would argue that the original Devil May Cry game very popular on the PS2 following its initial release back in the summer of 2001. The Devil May Cry game from ’01 was where the series got started and it was a game that was interesting to many people due its plot where the main protagonist Dante seeks to avenge his deaths of his relatives. Following a brief encounter with Trish who was another key character in DMC Dante sets out to take revenge on the main antagonist Mundus and is eventually betrayed by Trish despite his trust in her towards the beginning of the game. Even though, Trish had betrayed Dante and supposedly working for Mundus he saves her when dealing with Mundus and vice-versa which something that may have caught some people by surprise when they played the game for the first time.

As far as gameplay is concerned there were various aspects about Devil May Cry that stood out aside from the hack n’ slash combat system utilized throughout the game. The idea of solving puzzles along with the inclusion of the Stylish gauge and the “Devil Trigger” mechanic which allowed Dante to become a demon for a short period of time were all impressive. On top that players were generally ranked on each mission with a letter grade while having the option of engaging in “Secret Missions” as well.

After thwarting Mundus plans to rule earth and defeating him with Dante players had nothing left to do but wait for the direct sequel Devil May Cry 2 which eventually came out in January 2003. Also, since ’01 the original Devil May Cry game was re-released in HD for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012. In fact, this past year an HD remake of the original Devil May Cry game came out for the PS4 and the Xbox One in March 2018. There is no question that the original Devil May Cry game was one of the best action-adventure titles to have ever been produced by Capcom and remains a classic in the eyes of many people to this day.

The 19th Anniversary of the PlayStation 2!!!!

Today, is a special day in relation to the gaming world considering the fact that that it marks the 19year anniversary of the PlayStation 2 back when it was released in Japan on March 4th in 2000. To this day the PlayStation 2 is still the best selling game console of all-time considering the fact that it has reached over 155 million units worldwide in sales throughout the 2000’s and the early part of the 10’s decade before it was ultimately discontinued back in 2013. Since its release back in 2000 no other succeeding consoles that Sony has developed such as the PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation Vita it the PlayStation 4 has not managed come even close to surpassing the PlayStation 2 in sales.

Back in the 00’s we got to see unforgettable classics such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which ended up becoming the best selling game for the PS2 by reaching over 17 million units worldwide since its release back in late 2004. We also got to see the release of many other big games on the PS2 such Gran Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City, Gran Turismo 3, Gran Turismo 4, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII and countless other titles that are still popular to this day. There is no doubt that the PlayStation 2 is legendary and there a good chance that it will remain the best selling game console of all-time possibly for the next decade.

Could the PS2 Shinobi game have been more successful on the Sega Dreamcast?

As many people know the Shinobi series was very popular during the early 90’s when various games appeared on consoles such as the Sega Genesis and Game Gear. However, despite how popular the 2D action platform series was back in the early 90’s for whatever reason we never saw a Shinobi game for the Sega Dreamcast between 1998-2001. While it was that video game developer Overworks could have made a Shinobi title for the Sega Dreamcast plans regarding the game’s development did not start until 2001. It was also back in ’01 when the Sega Dreamcast was officially discontinued so we ended up getting a 3D Shinobi title for the PlayStation 2 in 2002.

While the 2002 Shinobi game was well received by fans and critics many would argue that the game could have possibly stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast especially since the console did not have too many big titles to aside from the Sonic Adventure series, Crazy Taxi and Shenmue. The PlayStation 2 had so many games such as Grand Theft Auto III & Vice City along with Gran Turismo 3 & 4 which were best sellers on the PS2. During the early 00’s there was no question that Sony had officially taken the lead during the console wars and the ’02 Shinobi game was definitely the best game console to have it on during that time period.

GTA: Vice City (2002) vs GTA San Andreas (2004) which game was more popular?

There is no question that both Gran Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas are among two of the best action-adventure games to have released during the 2000’s decade. In fact both games were two of the best selling titles for the PlayStation 2. Gran Theft Auto: Vice City was the fourth best selling game on the PS2 following its release in October 2002 reach over 9.6 million units worldwide. The retro 80’s based theme of GTA: Vice City was very unique especially since it looked and felt somewhat reminiscent of the Scarface movie which came out back in 1983. GTA: Vice City was also praised by numerous gaming publications for its improvement over its predecessor GTA: III in terms of gameplay and open world design which contributed to its long lasting appeal.

Gran Theft Auto: San Andreas on the other hand ended becoming the number one best selling console for the PlayStation 2 reaching over 17.3 million units worldwide. While GTA: Vice City was had strong vibes from the 80’s San Andreas had a 90’s feel to it. There were several in-game additions to GTA: San Andreas that made the game feel more realistic than Vice City such as gang warfare, currency system along with the inclusion of mini games that added to the game’s replay value. In terms of which game had more success in the long run many would probably give the slight edge to GTA Vice City over San Andreas.

Should Anthem be ported the Nintendo Switch?

There are so many upcoming games in 2019 that the world is looking forward to. Anthem is probably one of the hottest upcoming online multiplayer action role playing for next year and there is no doubt that it will be big in terms of sales on both the PlayStation 4 and The Xbox One following its release on February 22nd of next year. Despite, being available for two of the biggest game consoles in retail right now many are wondering whether or not Bioware and Electronic Arts have any plans on eventually bringing Anthem to the Nintendo Switch later on in either 2019 or 2020.

While third person action role playing shooter games tend to standout more on consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One we do not currently have too many high profile titles within that genre on the Nintendo Switch. However, we have titles such as Splatoon 2 within the third person shooter genre which is huge on the Nintendo Switch. But since Splatoon 2 is more lenient towards a child based audience along with being a first party game it only makes since for it to be very popular on the Nintendo Switch.

While Anthem is a game that would be more appealing to adult gamers it’s still a title that many people would still check out for the Nintendo Switch. However, its uncertain whether or not the Frostbite 3 Engine would work on the Nintendo Switch which can end up being one of the few reasons why Bioware might not end up porting Anthem to the hybrid console.

Will Sony ever produce a more successful game console than the PS2?

As many people know the PlayStation 2 which was released by Sony back in 2000 is without a doubt the best selling video game console of all time. Since its initial release back in March 2000 the PlayStation 2 has managed to sell over 155 million units worldwide over the course of the 2000’s decade. Ever since the PlayStation 2 had set the record for becoming the best selling video console in the history the only game system that has come remote close to surpassing it was the Nintendo DS which was released back in late 2004. Since its release the Nintendo DS has reportedly sold over 154 million units worldwide which may come as a shock to some people since it was a portable game console.

As far as Sony is concerned it seems like the only game system that the company has produced that has come remotely close to selling near as much as the PlayStation 2 was the PS1 which was released back in 1994. Throughout most of the 90’s and early 00’s the PS1 was one of the hottest consoles in the gaming market. In fact the PS1 has managed to sell over 102 million units worldwide between 1994 and 2006. While it seems like the PlayStation 4 can possibly sell more than the PS3 and the PS1 there are many people who are highly doubtful that it will ever surpass the PlayStation 2 in terms of sales. Back in the 00’s the PlayStation 2 was total package since it featured backwards compatibility which is absent on the PS4 and allowed players to enjoy PS1 as well as PS2 games. The PlayStation 4 has been available in retail since late 2013 and its only a matter of time before Sony moves on to the its next generation console. It’s incredible to think that the PS2 was released approximately eighteen years ago along with the fact that it still remains to be the best selling video game console ever.